You know, I think that Francis Beckett might want to change his rhetoric here.
How can anyone justify calling something a charity when it is \”fee-charging\” and caters overwhelmingly for those who can afford its fees?
The nef charges people for consultancy, yet it is a charity. The Scott Trust is a charity yet the Guardian newspaper must be paid for in its physical form.
If, because private schools charge fees they are not charities, then so also are huge swathes of those who currently benefit from charity status.
If we\’re to abolish them all, then fine and dandy. But it will have to be those that you benefit from, my lefty friends, as well as the ones that you don\’t like.